Graduate Tax Program

Villanova University’s Graduate Tax Program—designed for legal, accounting and business professionals—offers students a learning experience few schools can match. Here, lawyers and accountants learn with and from each other in integrated classes that allow for in-depth, interdisciplinary examinations of tax principles and policies.

Conducted jointly by the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and the Villanova School of Business, the program offers a Master of Laws in Taxation (LLM), Master of Taxation (MT) for non-lawyers, JD/LLM in Taxation, as well as Certificate Programs in specialized areas of taxation. Highlights include renowned faculty, comprehensive electives, a flexible format and the Nova Network.


The Graduate Tax Program announces State and Local Taxation Certificate curriculum beginning in Fall 2017. 

State and Local Taxation Certificate:

State and Local Taxation (“SALT”) continues to be a significant area of focus for all businesses concerned with their company’s cash flow, effective tax rate and risk profile. Increasingly, state and local governments react to their own financial challenges with expanding tax regimes, increased reporting and compliance requirements, and aggressive audit activity and penalty assessments. As a result, the need for tax professionals equipped with a deep knowledge and skillset in SALT continues to grow.

The SALT Certificate curriculum will expose the tax professional to the various regimes of state and local taxation that affect today’s businesses. More importantly, it will enable the professional to create or recommend solutions that are in conformity with the states’ applicable laws and regulations, and are consistent with the company’s overall business objectives and global and national tax profile.

The SALT Certificate courses are taught by leading SALT practitioners from Big 4 and regional accounting firms, Law firms, and Fortune 500 companies. The curriculum is available to LL.M. students, MT students, or as a stand-alone Certificate. Courses include:

  • State and Local Taxation: Basic Principles

  • State and Local Taxation: Income and Franchise Taxes

  • State and Local Taxation: Sales and Use and Indirect Taxes

  • State and Local Taxation: Controversy and Litigation Issues

  • State and Local Taxation: Advanced Issues in Business Transactions

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